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DeKalb County under storm watch Tuesday

Published: Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 10:18 a.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 5:49 p.m. CST

DeKALB – Jim Briscoe said families and students should curb excitement about a potential snow day Tuesday despite forecasts predicting a half foot of snowfall starting early in the morning.

Briscoe, superintendent of DeKalb School District 428, said the most recent snowstorms have fallen short of predictions and Tuesday's snowfall could be less than expected. He said he would make a final decision on any school closures between 5:15 a.m. and 5:30 a.m.

"It's really hard to predict ... we need to wait to see if the weather actually occurs," Briscoe said. "It could be sunny and 35 degrees."

The National Weather Service is predicting up to 6 inches of snow could accumulate throughout northern Illinois, including DeKalb, Rockford, Belvidere and Aurora. The watch was issued about 4:30 a.m. Monday.

The service expects ice will accumulate south of the Kankakee River, with snow piling up from northwest of Peoria to Chicago, according to the hazardous weather outlook. Blowing and drifting snow is expected throughout Tuesday evening.

Kathy Countryman, superintendent of Sycamore School District 427, said if the snow comes, she would collaborate with the director of operations as well as the other districts to determine whether or not to cancel classes Tuesday.  

"We'll see what actually transpires," she said.

District 427 will notify students and parents of closures via phone and e-mail blasts, as well as an announcement on the district's website between 6 and 7 a.m.

District 428 families can be notified of any closure through an automatic phone message through the district's Skylert program. Briscoe said parents can update their contact information for the program through district's website. 

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